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19/3/2021
Fair Isle Knitting Designer Expands OfferingThumbnail for article : Fair Isle Knitting Designer Expands Offering
A designer who is keeping the Fair Isle knitting tradition alive on the island has been awarded £40,842 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to expand her business.   Marie Bruhat was inspired to move to Fair Isle from France four years ago following a previous internship with another island-based textile business.  
19/3/2021
Welfare Advice And Health Partnerships
GP practices in some of the most deprived communities will receive £3.17 million to fund dedicated welfare rights advisors to address growing mental health concerns caused by money and housing insecurity.   Launching in September 2021, 150 GP Practices will be able to refer patients directly to an in-house welfare rights officer for advice on increasing income, social security eligibility, debt resolution, housing, and employability issues as well as helping with representation at tribunals.  
19/3/2021
Capital Investment In Community-led TourismThumbnail for article : Capital Investment In Community-led Tourism
More than 50 tourism related community organisations across the region are working to build back better after lockdown with the support of £1.59m of funding distributed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   Cafes, heritage centres, visitor attractions, and community accommodation operators are amongst those upgrading facilities, and introducing measures to safely welcome tourists back to their communities, with all the subsequent economic benefits this will bring.  
19/3/2021
£335m Growth Deal Signed For Outer Hebrides, Orkney And Shetland
Projects that lead the way to a low carbon future, support growth and future industries and enable sustainable communities to thrive in the Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland are set for development.   The Islands Growth Deal brings together £50m each from the Scottish and UK Governments and a further £235m from project partners.  
19/3/2021
Support For Providers Of School Age Childcare
Providers of school age childcare affected by continued restrictions on their services due to coronavirus (COVID-19) can now access targeted financial support.   Up to £3 million is being made available through the Scottish Government's Temporary Restrictions Fund, which is now targeted solely at providers of school aged childcare following the full reopening of nurseries and other early learning and childcare (ELC) settings.  
19/3/2021
Helping young people succeed
More jobs, internships, apprenticeships, training and volunteering opportunities will be available for young people as Scotland emerges from lockdown.   Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop has announced that a further £70 million for the Young Person's Guarantee will include: an additional £45 million for local partnerships to provide training and employer recruitment incentives.  
19/3/2021
Mental Health Support For Hospitalised Covid-19 Patients
People who have been hospitalised due to coronavirus (COVID-19) will have access to more support through a new dedicated network of mental health clinicians.   The Scottish Government is investing £4.5 million over three years to establish the network, which will be supported by a national strategic advisory group offering clinical expertise and guidance.  
19/3/2021
Coronavirus (COVID-19): daily data for Scotland - 19 March 2021
655 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   25,080 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results - 2.9% of these were positive.  
18/3/2021
Council Invites Comfort Scheme Providers As Part Of £60,000 Investment In Public Toilet ProvisionThumbnail for article : Council Invites Comfort Scheme Providers As Part Of £60,000 Investment In Public Toilet Provision
As part of the £1.5 million visitor management investment strategy the Highland Council has agreed up to £60,000 of investment for public toilet provision.   Therefore, in preparation for the upcoming tourist season, the local authority is looking for additional Comfort Scheme providers to complement the existing provision of 74 public conveniences and 36 comfort schemes.  
2021 Caithness County Show CancelledThumbnail for article : 2021 Caithness County Show Cancelled
A statement has been issued by the Caithness Agricultural society who run the Caithness Show.   It is with deep regret and huge disappointment that we confirm the cancellation of the 2021 Show.  
18/3/2021
Victorian Market Refurbishment - New Units For LetThumbnail for article : Victorian Market Refurbishment - New Units For Let
The marketing brochure is now available for 15 new units within the Market Hall in the Victorian Market, Inverness.   This transformational project aims to attract the best of local food and drink producers to create a vibrant destination within the city centre.  
18/3/2021
Highland Council Encouraging Those Who Have Not Yet Applied For The EU Settlement Scheme To Act NowThumbnail for article : Highland Council Encouraging Those Who Have Not Yet Applied For The EU Settlement Scheme To Act Now
Highland Council is encouraging anyone who has not yet applied to join the EU Settlement Scheme to do so as soon as possible before the 30 June deadline.   Latest figures on the EU Settlement Scheme show that there have been 10,140 applications in the Highland Council area up until the end of December 2020.  
18/3/2021
Voters Urged To Register In Time To Have Their Say In May
On Thursday 6 May residents in the Highlands and Western Isles can have their say on who represents them in the Scottish Parliament.   In order to vote in the election, residents must be on the electoral register.  
18/3/2021
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale of Cattle 17 March 2021
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (February, 17th) sold 823 store cattle and 58 OTM cattle.   Bullocks (466) averaged 256.1p, and sold to 311.0p per kg for a pen of 283kg Charolais crosses from Creagmhor, Glenelg and £1,300 twice for a 460kg Limousin cross from Westburn, Thurso and for a pair of 575kg Simmental crosses from Glebe Farm, Kiltarlity.  
18/3/2021
Scottish Parliamentary Elections Called In HighlandThumbnail for article : Scottish Parliamentary Elections Called In Highland
Nomination forms are now available for candidates seeking election to the Scottish Parliament.   The election will take place on Thursday 6 May 2021 with polling taking place in three Highland constituencies.  
18/3/2021
Closing Date Set For Strategic Framework Business Fund Applications
The Scottish Government has just announced that the Strategic Framework Business Fund grant scheme will close to new applicants on 22 March 2021.   The Highland Council has already assessed and approved 5178 applications for this grant fund.  
18/3/2021
Closing Date For Taxi Fund - Today 18 March
The Scottish Government has just announced the Taxi and Private Hire Driver Fund will close to new applicants at 5pm on Thursday 18 March 2021.   Highland Council has already approved 457 grants to value of £685,500 and urges all eligible taxi/private hire drivers who have not yet applied to do so immediately.  
18/3/2021
Dingwall And Highland Marts Ltd - Young Farmers over-wintered cattle Sale 17 March 2021
DINGWALL, Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd, (March, 17th) sold 14 Young Farmers over-wintered cattle at their annual sale, kindly sponsored by Messrs Craiglands Quarry, Fortrose, Conan Vets, Conon Bridge and ABP, Perth.   Bullocks (13) averaged 261.1p and sold to 295.5p per kilo for the 2nd prize homebred bullock a 423kg Limousin cross from Georgia Fraser, Little Croy Farm, Inverness and £1,400 gross for 1st prize homebred bullock a 516kg Limousin cross from Duncan Munro, Invercharron Mains, Ardgay.  
18/3/2021
Business Secretary Launches Major Overhaul Of Uk's Audit Regime In Wake Of Big-name Company Collapses
The government is launching a consultation on wide-ranging reforms to modernise the country's audit and corporate governance regime.   Government consults on plans to break up dominance of "Big Four" audit firms and require large businesses to be more transparent about their finances, helping to avoid company failures and safeguard British jobs.  
18/3/2021
£70 Million Fund To Improve Recycling
One of the largest single investments in recycling announced on Global Recycling Day.   A new £70 million Scottish Government fund to improve recycling infrastructure across Scotland has launched on Global Recycling Day.